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Shhhh..... the baby is sleeping 
Apr. 3, 2014 2:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2014 2:50 am

A new puppy is like having a new baby in the house - only different. The difference?  When a baby relieves himself you simply change his diaper; when a puppy relieves herself (preferably not on the carpet because that adds another step to the process) you have to quickly throw your boots on and head for the backyard. Thankfully, little Annie is well on her way to being potty-trained. Accidents have become very few and far between.  I think she even understands what "Go out!" means. She's beginning to learn "Sit" also. Of course I knew she was a genius because by the end of the first day here she knew exactly where the treats are kept in the kitchen! :) She is a true Kitchen Dog in every sense of the word - she's definitely a relative of our Missy. She comes by her food obsession quite naturally - I believe it's the dominant trait in her bloodline of Rojo Labs.  Her human relatives are also pretty quick to run to the kitchen as well.

Having a puppy in the house limits the amount of housework that one can do.  After all, watching the puppy and making sure she isn't getting into something dangerous is far more important than dust-free furniture or a well scrubbed floor.  When Annie is sleeping I don't want to vacuum or make noise and wake her up.  She needs her puppy naps so she will grow big and strong. 

In spite of wanting to do nothing but play with Annie and smell her sweet puppy breath, I have managed to go to work and do a few things around the house.  I've even managed to cook a few meals, which is pretty amazing considering that in the midst of loving up the new pup, dear daughter Kristal and her husband, Jake, closed on their new house and have been working madly to get all the cleaning, painting, etc. done for the big move which is occurring this weekend. I'm excited to say they bought a house right around the corner from us!  It's a great house for them, with a nice yard.  Last Saturday was the big Painting Party.  I'm not much of a painter so I was the food supplier.  I made pulled pork and macaroni salad with plenty of chips and double-chocolate chunk cookies.  It was tasty and I had plenty left over for my lunch on Monday and Tuesday.  

Sunday I made a turkey breast with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed asparagus, and corn.  Kristal and Jake joined us for dinner since we all had been over at their new house all day.  It only made sense to share with them.  We had enough turkey left over that we had it again on Monday night.  Tuesday night we took the night off from working at the house and headed to our restaurant for our normal Tuesday dinner.  Kristal and Jake's realtor met us for dinner and a margarita.  We had a great time - their realtor had actually been one of my former high school teachers and I worked with her for a number of years before she retired from teaching. 

Last night we spent some more time at the new house.  I left early so I could come home and make a quick, light meal for Jon and I.  I had found a great sounding pasta and chicken recipe I wanted to try out.  But, I had turkey left over that I used instead and it was still fabulous!  I cut up some turkey into chunks and heated it in a skillet with some olive oil and seasonings sprinkled on it.  I also added some mushrooms in with the asparagus.  When Jon came to the table he looked at the dish and sort of frowned.  He was hoping for a creamy-based pasta dish.  But, after only one bite he agreed it was delicious and I could make it any time I wanted to.

Annie is spending her days at "Doggy Daycare" with Grandma and Grandpa.  And her brother, Chip.  My parents have one of her brothers and she loves to run into their house in the morning and find Chip there to wrestle with.  I'm very lucky to have my parents living so close to where I work and to also have them willing to dog-sit every day from 6:30-3:15 while I go to work.  It took me a few days to get into the routine of having a "baby" to take care of in the morning. It had been years since I had small children to get up and take to daycare before I went to work.

Signs of Spring have started popping up.  I have a bed of crocuses which have bloomed their glorious deep purple color and it appears Kristal will have some beautiful daffodils at her house very soon.  We're getting rain instead of snow.  Of course that translates into mud and lots of it!  Now instead of having to only wipe Suzy's four paws after a trip to the doggy-bathroom, I also have Annie's four paws to wipe.  Suzy knows the drill - come into the house, stop, wait for Mom to wipe feet, then head to the living room to play.  Annie has not yet figured that out.  Or maybe she's just like a typical kid, "who cares about mud on the carpet?!"

Apr. 3, 2014 3:46 pm
Hope puppy is still sleeping. LOL at this age they are so fantastic. Loved the story thanks for sharing.
Apr. 3, 2014 4:46 pm
NadineM, puppy was up for a quick game of tug-of-war with Suzy and a trip outside in the rain; she's now sleeping peacefully, as is Suzy.
Apr. 3, 2014 7:28 pm
Mother Ann, the puppy stage goes by so fast, but the cleaning the paws continues. My dogs knew the towel meant to stay and get your feet clean. I am glad Annie gets some Grammy and Papa time. I am sure your daughter living so close, you will have some great family meals together.
Apr. 4, 2014 4:27 am
Hi Lela! It sure does - already I see "big dog" traits coming out. This morning when we came in from outside she stopped and sat down, waiting for the towel. :) My daughter was never too far away to begin with (about 10-12 mins.) but now it's less than 2 minutes; it will sure make it easy for those times we need to help each other out by taking care of our pets. :)
Apr. 4, 2014 6:07 am
Ah, babies are so cute! Sounds like Annie is fitting in perfectly. I sure wouldn't complain about having a food supplier. That might be more important than the painting :)
Apr. 4, 2014 6:53 am
Cat - I think food is more important than paint, but that's just me.... (though, by the way the food disappears I'd say everyone agrees at least a little bit.).
Apr. 4, 2014 10:15 am
Puppy! My wife loves animals as long as they aren't in her house or yard. I would have caved in to the children's requests for puppies and kittens years ago if not for the wisdom of my good wife.
Apr. 4, 2014 11:15 am
Puppies, puppies, everywhere I turn someone has a new puppy! I would love to have one, but then I watched all the people struggling in the snow and ice trying to walk their dogs, and decided I am a much better kitty mother. Enjoy your new baby!
Apr. 4, 2014 7:34 pm
Doc - If it weren't for my husband I would be the "crazy animal lady". My kids had about every pet imaginable because when they said they wanted it, I thought it sounded like a good idea! We've had hedgehogs, iguanas, rabbits, chickens, ducks, a goose, birds, fish, turtles, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils......
Apr. 4, 2014 7:36 pm
BSM - lucky for us we live rural and we can just open the door and let the dogs out to do their business in the woods while we watch from the porch. I have 2 cats, also. :)
Apr. 6, 2014 1:34 pm
Ahh...puppies. Mine just turned 7 and although he's house trained he still thinks he's a puppy.
Apr. 6, 2014 6:32 pm
bd.weld - We also have Suzy, the 5-1/2 yr old "puppy". She's house-trained, too, but she also thinks she's a puppy. She loves the puppy toys and the puppy bed.
Abby N 
Apr. 7, 2014 5:43 pm
Haha!! I loved this! I just got a new Pug and it's been energy, energy, nap, energy. It's great to hear that the house has been coming along. Moving can be so exciting and so exhausting so I'm also glad to hear that You were able to cook a little something something. Really happy for you!
Apr. 7, 2014 7:44 pm
Well Mother Ann, I think your new baby is fitting in quite well and acting as expected! You have to really take advantage of every moment of sleep whether it is a fur-kid or a! I have six dogs to help in the kitchen plus a 34-month old son Reagan that also loves to help :). I loved your routine about paw drying as well and living in the burbs of Chi-town we also have a blow dry routine. Congratulations on the growing baby and trust me they grow just as fast as hu-babies do!
Apr. 8, 2014 2:49 am
AbbyG - Congrats on your new puppy! They sure are fun! :)
Apr. 8, 2014 2:50 am
WestieLvr - Yes, Annie is acting just as expected! Puppies are exhausting - but oh so much fun! I love watching her grow each day; both physically and mentally. Sounds like you really have your hands full!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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